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Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American Barleywine
9.60 % ABV

Review by rhoadsrage on 06/07/13  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 9 15 3 7 2012
(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy pretty dense dark garnet body with a racing microcarbonation and a thick sticky light tan head that soon turns rocky.

S- The mellow green juicy hops have a fruity ester supporting the rich malt sweetness.

T- The slightly sweet caramel malt is rich with some more raw grain notes coming through and also drying out as it opens. There is a green juicy hop nip that leads to a slightly pungent bitterness that lingers with a bit of dandelion greens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight fizz that cuts the malt flavor with a faint alcohol warmth.

O- This beer is a nice American barleywine but the hops bitterness is too strong and overpowers the other flavors. It should be really nice in a few years of age on it.

Served In: Snifter

Review by RedHaze on 07/30/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 18 4 8 2010
2005 edition.

Pours a very dark cherry color with a two finger head that disipates slowly to a thin cap, with really nice lacing.

Smell is slightly sweet, piney, rich malts and citrucy hops. This smells great.

Taste is big on the hops, malts, alcohol, with dark fruits and citrus on the finish. You can feel the alochol as much as taste it, but it works well with the big flavor of the beer.

This is not a beer you will sit down and have a six pack of. This is definitely a sipping kind of beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2010
Old Review
2008 vintage. Purchased at Four Winds in P'cola, FL. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a really nice amber color. When held to the light, so really nice dark red color pours through with the light. Got a good finger of a white head. The lacing is foamy and creates some really nice sheeting on the glass.

S: Nice citrusy hops, sweet malty presence, biscuits, resin and alcohol. very nice.

T: Taste is of the same citrusy hops, a little sweet, a little bitter. Malt is sweet and biscuity. Resin comes in big time. Piney flavors are definitely there. Alcohol really rounds this out.

M: Medium bodied to full bodied. Really sticks in the mouth. Big time resin in the feel that lingers in the aftertaste. Alcohol burns a bit. Still, very nice.

D: This is a really good brew. It needs some time to round the edges. Very drinkable for the ABV. I am down with this brew. Need to pick up soem more for the cellar and some age.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 08-31-2008 04:47:27

Served In: Tulip

Review by clockworkorange on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 16 4 8 2006
2006 Expedition poured into my Sierra Nevada shaker glass. The ale appears a cloudy crimson chestnut color with barely an inch of light rust colored foam. Nose and flavor consist of molasses, raisins, caramelized malts, quite bitter to say the least, floral perfume-y hops, still a bit of alcohol heat, resinous pine. Medium bodied with ample carbonation with a lingering bittersweet finish.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 10 18 4 9 2009
12.oz Bottle
2006 vintage

I let this one warm for a few minutes after taking it from the fridge.

Bigfoot poured a dark dark red. To the point it was almost brown. 1/2" head that faded quickly to a nice creamy bubbly top coat. When held to the light Bigfoot is a bright ruby. Looks very good.

The smell is really appetizing. It begins with a good dose of sweet malts. I can even smell dark cherry. This is followed by a strong hop presence. My mouth waters when breathing this in.

Starts of with a punch of hops followed quickly by sweet malt. A good strong bitterness throughout. Also a minimal alcohol bite thoughout. Piney oily hops hit at the end. Leaves with a lasting bitterness and a warm throat from the alcohol. I'm getting citrus as well, unsweetened grapefruit. It's like it hops around with every sip.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation tingle. Coats your throat but nothing to thick. Can feel the alcohol as it goes down. Actually pretty nice.

The drinkability is good for such a powerful ale. At 9.6% this stuff goes down pretty easy. It's more of a sipper but I could sip on a few of these in a night and be perfectly happy.

Reviewed: 10/5/06

Price: $9.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 0
2007 Vintage

A smooth pour reveals a cloudy amber/copper color, with a nice, small, slighty off- white head. Impressive lacing.

On the nose, smells of citrus (grapefruit), hops, pine and a little spicy sweetness. Not really getting the alcohol vapor sensation I was expecting however... I like that.

Ahhhh, there it is, but very pleasantly considering the ABV. Hops are nice, grassy, grapefruity, piney. Just the right amount of bitterness. A bit malty, well balanced. Even as it warms, the alcohol, while noticeably present, doesn't become overly dominating. Damn nice. I'll bet that earlier in the year this was a bit more "pungent"...

The mouthfeel is slick, syrupy and full, with that expected dry finish.

This is an excellent Barley wine! Refreshing, with all the flavors that you would come to expect from an offering of this type, and very well balanced at that. Barley wines are not at the top of my list of faves, but the rest of these are going to the cellar. Gotta get me some good cheese and pull the rest out in about a year... Highly recommended -- Enjoy!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 02/20/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 18 5 10 2008
1998 - opened August 2005: Still pours with voracity after 7 years of sitting. Color sits an opaque looking chestnut brown with a deep reddish glow. Finger high head of heavy yellow stained froth that sits for a pertinent duration. A thin collar keeps and the lacing is somewhat glaring and spotty with a small ink blob curtain sticking closer to the liquids' edge.

Aroma is nothin' but smoothed out pine soaked hop oily heat with a medley of tender roasted malts and grains that inlay a bordline scotch-like girth.

Taste is wonderfully smoothed over. The hops still play the main host as a load of pine oils and resin soaked leaves sit among a toasted molasses and roasted edge of malts. Heat is perfectly intertwined as the roasty stuff drys off the end leaving lots of oily hop residue, slight tobacco spice, and plenty of other spicy alcoholic nuances floating across the palate with weight as it finishes.

Feel is fairly rich, quite warm, both in the throat and belly, more so in the throat. Body is still fairly thick and heavy with a hop sided realm of oily heat and resins. Smooth but a bit rough edged; even still? Warmth is f*ckin' awesome to behold. Its perfect.

Drinkability is through the the roof on this aged wonderment. Even with its warmth its just lovely to sip and sip and sip and sip. This didn't last long in the snifter.
Bigfoot is always a pleasure a good time after its release. This was no different and stays true to the Barleywine nature of aging. Especially when done this well.

Served In: Snifter

Review by Pols on 01/14/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2006
Thanks to TT for this bottle, the cap says "2006".

Pours hazy amber colour with 1/2 inch of head.

S - pine/citrus and caramel, with some vanilla in the background.

T - caramel, pine/citrus hops, a bit boozy, but this is my first barleywine.

M - Very good. Just the right amount of carbonation.

O - Tasty brew. New to this style. Looking forward to trying this one again after I get more accustomed to the style.

Served In: Bottle

Review by thickfreakness on 12/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2008
I decided tonight was as good as any to see how the 2008 edition of Bigfoot was coming along.

Poured a red brown hazy color and an off white head that never quit faded away.

Aromas of big citrusy, piny and perfume-like hops, some big brown sugar and caramel malt, and sadly a little bit of oxidation already.

Flavor is pretty similar to fresh with not as much of a crazy hop punch. FLoral, perfumy, citrusy hop bouquet with some nice caramel malt that backs it up but again its a little musty, slightly oxidized like.

Pretty viscous mouthfeel with nice lower end carbonation.

I still really love this beer but I prefer it really fresh or with a good amount of years on it.

Served In: Goblet

Review by DAKNOLE on 11/30/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2006
Bottle from Nucular George! 2006 vintage. Amber color with no real head. Aromas of pine, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and some fruitiness as well. Flavor starts out with a nice hit of caramel, vanilla and gives way to a pretty heavy does of citrus/pine hops. Mouthfeel is very nice. A very good brew. I imagine this will only get better with time...good thing NG sent me 2 bottles!!!!!!

Served In: Bottle

Review by seaoflament on 09/29/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 2007
Thanks to Joey for giving me this bottle. 2007 vintage.

Nice looking beer. Pours a dark ruby with a good inch and a half of foam with great retention. A few soapy bubbles cling on to the side of the glass.

I wasn’t a big fan of this one when I had it fresh last year, or was it two years ago? Too hoppy for my liking at that point.

The aroma is of citrus flowers, grapefruit, caramel, toffee, light chocolate, orange flavored chocolate, brown sugar, a bit of vanilla, and a touch of grassy hops. This is how I’m liking my barleywines. A nice multi-bread and nutty malt profile. There’s also a fruity alcohol aroma in the background that comes off as cherries in syrup. Some good complexities going on in this one. After a few minutes of just smelling this beer I am starting to pick up a few spicy notes like cayenne pepper.

Earthy and citrus bitterness upfront with a wave of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. It finishes with more bitterness, lemony and citrus rind, and a bit of alcohol. A bit fruity with cherry, raisins, dates, and prunes. I’m also picking up a bit of bubblegum flavor in the finish. Dry, resiny, pine aftertaste.

A little dry in the finish, enough carbonation to pick up the massive malt flavors and keep this from being too sweet (and the hops play their part there too), but it doesn’t leave too much residual sugars on the lips.

A tad alcoholic as it warms up. Good beer for the winter.

Served In: Bottle

Review by bakes on 07/02/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
Pours a dark red-amber with an off-white head that hangs around the whole time. Aroma of sharppine/citric hops mellowed by an almost buttery smooth toffee/caramel maltiness.

BIGFOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT! (traditions must remain...) Starts out with a sweet (Strawberry Quik?), slightly autumn-leaf maltiness and a firm, grabs the tongue bitterness. Caramel comes in quickly and hangs around, along with some piney resinous hops and a warming surge o' alcohol. Slightly sticky, tingly mouthfeel, finish is bitter caramel, leaves, and a very slight burn.

This one's good now, but it should age very, very nicely. Give it eight months and it'll be prime.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 03/03/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 16 4 7 2008
Pours a clear medium dark amber with a nice looking buttered mashed tater head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass. Nice full aroma of hops on this one. Almost a musty smell with the hops, kinda grassy, with some caramel. Lot's of caramel in the flavor that fade into a crisp hop finish. A little lighter than the recent ones I've tried. Still a solid brew over all.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Erdinger2003 on 01/25/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 3 9 2008
2008 that just came in. Pours a beautiful big frothy tan head with some great cling. The color is dark brown amber. The smell is great! Hoppy and fruity. Taste is a medium bodied malty beer with a great fruity/piny hops and a fresh bitter aftertaste.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 0
2006 bottle.

A - Nice reddish-amber colored body that is a bit murky. One inch tan head consists of varied sized bubbles and has good staying power. Very sticky lacing.

S - Sweet, sugary caramel malts. Even with a year on it, there are pungent earthy, piney hop aromas. A bit of a bite to it. Fruity and grassy.

T - Starts sugary sweet with some fruit flavors of strawberry. Caramel malts take over, keeping the sweet tones. Earthy, resiny big hops are still here. Slight bitter bite. Finishes grassy and earthy.

M - Medium bodied, but feels heavy on the stomach. Carbonation is a touch prickly, but in now way gets in the way of enjoyment.

D - Really nice barleywine. First time I have actually sat down to review this beer after having many of them. I am amazed that a brewery as big as Sierra Nevada makes beers this good.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2006
Holly shit man. Had this at the Crazy Frog in Vegas. What a brew. This thing ruined the rest of weekend as far as being able to taste anything goes. For the brashness of this brew the drinkability was really good. The taste was really great. I had a buddy who tied it and winced. i immediately grabbed from him and asked where his husband was. Overall a very good beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

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